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Anderson was born in Norway. He broke in as an outfielder, and while the
batted well, his fielding was terrible; he was moved back and forth between the OF
and first base several times. For Brooklyn and Washington in 1898, he led the NL
with 22 triples and a .494 slugging average. He hit .330 for the 1901 Milwaukee AL
franchise in its only year of existence; the team became the St. Louis Browns in
1902. As a 1906 Senator, Anderson led the AL with 39 stolen bases.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1905:
The Yankees sell veteran OF John Anderson to Washington.